I loved Madrid! We arrived on the night of the pride parade so the streets were filled with people having a good time. Once we checked in, a group of us headed out for dinner then joined everyone on the streets for the party.
The next day we explored the area and visited the Royal Palace of Madrid. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take photos but it was absolutely stunning inside! Everything matched. Every little corner matched and was covered with the tiniest detail. Though we were lucky enough to explore a whole level, we were left wanting more.
That night we went out as a group again but instead of the typical partying early twenties do, we found an English speaking cinema and watched Finding Dory. We all found Finding Nemo better but maybe that’s because it’s what we grew up with. Either way, us big kids were relieved to have seen Finding Dory without having it spoiled or having to wait to be back at home.
The following day we went to the cathedral opposite the palace. This also included a museum and access to the roof that gave us panoramic views of Madrid. This was probably the least crowded cathdedral we’ve been to so far so we found we were able to go at a slower pace. The museum was interesting with all of the books and outfits that date so far back, the view was impressive and gave us a real idea of how many churches and cathedrals there are in Madrid and as usual the cathedral was beautiful. My favourite part was the roof with its detailed patterns and colours.
After the cathedral, we stopped into the San Miguel market. The tapas and the baked goods looked mouthwatering. We had a stroll around the market sipping on sangria and snacking on different combinations of olives. So delicious!
Another part of Madrid that’s worth the visit are the shops. I didn’t plan on doing much shopping whilst away and since I’m backpacking, I wasn’t able to do too much, but it’s so cheap in Madrid and there are so many shops to choose from. It actually worked out well for us since we were in need of white shirts for the bull run in Pamplona.
Madrid is a student area with cheap food, plenty of all you can eat places, amazing nightlife and cheap shopping but with the markets, palace and cathedral, it could be a stop off for anyone really.
Next stop, Pamplona! We better start stretching!